Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time



Fifth Thursday of Ordinary Time

February 13, 2020

WORD of the DAY 

From that place he went off to the district of Tyre.  He entered a house and wanted no one to know about it, but he could not escape notice.  Soon a woman whose daughter had an unclean spirit heard about him. She came and fell at his feet.  The woman was a Greek, a Syro-phoenician by birth, and she begged him to drive the demon out of her daughter.  He said to her, “Let the children be fed first.  For it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.”  She replied and said to him, “Lord, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.”  Then he said to her, “For saying this, you may go. The demon has gone out of your daughter.”  When the woman went home, she found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.  

 (Mark 7: 24-30)

How shall I live this Word?

Jesus leaves Galilee and is in pagan territory. His desire was to go unnoticed, but He cannot: Jesus is known, sought, and found there. The trust of this pagan woman, who intercedes for the healing of her daughter, knows how to go beyond Jesus’ reluctance. The good of her daughter leads her to ask, to knock beyond Jesus’ answers. The certainty that fills the heart of this mother manages to share the gift of salvation not only “for the children”, the crumbs of salvation reach everyone, even the dogs (the pagans). The Syro-Phoenician woman entrusts herself with a disarming simplicity to this gift of Jesus and the miracle takes place.


The voice of Pope Francis, Morning Meditation Thursday 13 February 2014

Turning to Jesus the woman is “courageous”, as is every desperate mother who is ready to do anything for the health of a child […]. The woman did not respond to Jesus with her intelligence but with her mother’s heart, with her love. And so she said to him: “Even the dogs under the table eat the children’s scraps.” As if to say: “Give these crumbs to me!” Struck then by her faith, the Lord performed a miracle. … It is essentially the story of a mother who had exposed herself to the risk of making a bad impression but insisted because of love for her daughter. And coming from paganism and idolatry, she found health for her daughter; and for herself she found the living God. Hers, explained the Pope, is the journey of a person of good will who seeks God and finds Him. By her faith the Lord blesses her. But it is also the story of many people who still make this journey today. And the Lord waits for these people, moved by the Holy Spirit. Every day in the Church of the Lord there are people who take this path, silently, to find the Lord, precisely because they allow themselves to be carried forward by the Holy Spirit.” __________________________________________________________________________

Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy E-mail:  Website: Blog:    Comment by Sr. Monica Gianoli, FMA


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